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Closing 2017 with a BANG – Our huge move to Microsoft Azure
As Bravo geared up to acquire CompuPawn and double the size of our company in less than one year, the Bravo Software and Hardware Team began researching a new hardware infrastructure that would yield better stability, more redundancy, and quicker scalability.
On November 19, after six months of due diligence and eight months of testing, Bravo engineers completed its biggest hardware migration – from self-hosting in the SuperNap to Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Azure’s maturity and experience enables Bravo to quickly service its global customer base with fast, reliable, and secure services. This huge investment in new technology will enable Bravo to meet growing demand for its services and leverage Azure’s benefits, such as security and stability.
Bravo’s architecture is extremely complex. Our Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) accommodates a multi-tenant architecture for point-of-sale, eCommerce, mobile, and business intelligence. Today, Bravo is the biggest pawn platform in the industry – We have more than 1,000 stores on our single instance. Learn more about multi-tenancy here.
Why Azure over Amazon Web Services? Microsoft Azure released new products in 2016 and 2017 that can now accommodate our complex architecture. Azure is the only cloud that is sophisticated enough to do so. Azure boasts more regions than any other cloud provider (hello, internationalization); the only consistent hybrid cloud; and unparalleled developer productivity (#powertothepawnbroker).
We understand that Bravo uptime is critical to your business, and our goal is to deliver stable and reliable software, and our company remains committed to you, your pawnshop(s), and your success.
To our customers who showed great patience and understanding during this huge upgrade, thank you! We are looking forward to an amazing 2018 filled with new features and amazing customer service.